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CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA
2014 – 3    Year 21    no. 83



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K O I N Ō N I A
 ...together on the journey

CONFERENCE OF THE GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS TO THE OFS-YOUFRA

2014 - 2    Year 21    n. 82

EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 

TEMPTATIONS OF PASTORAL WORKERS

Br. Martín Pablo Bitzer, OFMConv

 

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Introduction

In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, Pope Francis dedicates ample space to the temptations faced by pastoral workers (Cf. nn. 76-109).

From the Gospels we know that before beginning his mission, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Mt 4:1).

Before entering into his discourse on the announcement of the Gospel, the Pope helps us to unmask and to recognize the temptations of today that can put the new evangelization in danger.

The Holy Father affirms: “I have not sought to offer a complete diagnosis, but I invite communities to complete and enrich these perspectives on the basis of their awareness of the challenges facing them and their neighbours.” (108)[1]

Three things are striking in Pope Francis’s way of communicating: the novelty of his language (vocabulary), the citations that he uses, and the style by which he makes the discourse more incisive.

K O I N Ō N I A
...together on the journey


CONFERENCE OF THE GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS TO THE OFS
2013 - 1    Year 20    n. 77

 

THE YEAR OF FAITH

Benedict XVI and Francis

 

As this first edition of Koinonia 2013 is being put together, events are happening which by now are well known to everyone. I would go so far as to say that these two popes have given us an anticipated taste of the Paschal Mystery (given that Holy Week has not yet begun). The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI has meant that all of us have had to face the cross and death. The election of the new Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis, is a resurrection in the true sense of the word. We know that the Holy Spirit has come to the aid of the entire Church at prayer, assisting the Cardinals in their delicate task of discernment.   May the Lord bless all those who contributed to the smooth, serious and joyful unfolding of events during the Conclave, leading to the election of Pope Francis.   May He also grant all the graces needed by those who took on the heavy responsibility of keeping us informed of all that was happening: I refer to the 5.600 journalists from all over the world who were accredited to the Vatican. May the Lord also bless the two Bishops of Rome (emeritus and newly elected) for their contribution to the good of the Church and the world.

K O I N Ō N I A
...together on the journey


CONFERENCE OF THE GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS TO THE OFS
2013 - 2    Year 20    n. 78

 

THE YEAR OF FAITH

 

 

FAITH IN THE WRITINGS AND LIFE OF ST. FRANCIS

Br. Amanuel Mesgun Temelso, OFMCap

 

INTRODUCTION

 

There was, in the past, a mistaken conception about the importance of the writings of St. Francis. Since in some of them Francis declares himself ‘illiterate,’ the scholars found themselves snubbing them, considering it unlikely that they would find in them any teaching worthy of note. Therefore, almost all the scholars favored his biographies for understanding how Francis had lived the Christian faith.

It was only the flourishing of critical editions in the twentieth century that gave us the correct interpretation of the importance of the writings and biographies for a more accurate knowledge of the person and spirituality of St. Francis. For example, G. Miccoli defines the writings of St. Francis as “filter and touchstone.”1

 

 

In this brief examination of the meaning of “faith” in the writings of St. Francis, I will try first of all to point out how many times the word fides appears. After having synthesized and grouped these into definitions and meanings, I will discuss the themes, namely: (a) the faith as personal encounter with God; (b) faith in the Catholic Church; (c) faith (respect and veneration) of Francis toward priests, clerics, and churches. We will review these three contexts of faith with reference to the writings and to the life Francis lived.

Koinonia 4/2012